Ronnie Brown was the catalyst last week as the Miami Dolphins shocked the New England Patriots 38-13. Brown played a part in all five of Miami touchdowns as he ran for four and threw for one.
This week’s Power Rankings have three teams from the same division at the top of the charts, the NFC East has proven to be the best division in professional American team sports. I think some teams’ rankings will warrant discussion, I’ve gotta admit 11-25 was tough.
1. Dallas Cowboys (3-0) Last Week #1: Tony Romo and Co. went into Green Bay and dominated a game Packers team to pick up their first win ever at Lambeau Field. It doesn’t get any easier for the Boys who have the hated Redskins coming to town Sunday.
2. New York Giants (3-0) Last Week #3: The Giants gutted out a tough overtime win against a Bengals team that didn’t flinch. Will a bye this early in the season hurt them down the road.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) Last Week #9: Kudos to Jim Johnson for getting his defensive unit off the mat to put on a clinic against the Steelers. Donovan McNabb in three weeks: 70 for 105, 838 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, 102.8 QB Rating. Without his top two receivers.
4. Buffalo Bills (3-0) Last Week #5: Trailing 16-7 to the Raiders in the 4th Qtr. is a clear indication that the Bills took them lightly. They got their wake up call and escaped with the victory.
5. Denver Broncos (3-0) Last Week #8: Mike Shanahan’s team is dangerous again. The Broncos go into Arrowhead this Sunday against a Chiefs team last in the NFL against the run (204 ypg).
6. Tennessee Titans (3-0) Last Week #11: Jeff Fisher’s group just keeps on pluggin’, this is a lunchpail defense that’s only allowing nine points per game. Should get a good test from the Vikings this week.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) Last Week #2: No Willie Parker and no Casey Hampton as the emerging Baltimore Ravens come to town next Monday. Expect Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan to finish what Philly defensive guru Jim Johnson started.
8. Washington Redskins (2-1) Last Week #15: This team is gaining confidence week after week. Expect your typical Redskins/Cowboys showdown Sunday at Texas Stadium.
9. Green Bay Packers (2-1) Last Weeks #6: Aaron Rodgers held his own against the Cowboys and was able to move the ball down field, but he has to throw touchdowns.
10. Baltimore Ravens (2-0) Last Week #20: Despite Joe Flacco’s struggles last week (2 INT, Lost fumble) the Ravens used an effective running game to pound the Browns. The defense is stingy, championship stingy. Looking to take advantage of a nicked up Steelers team up at Heinz Field.
11. San Diego Chargers (1-2) Last Week #13: The Bolts looked like a Super Bowl team on Monday night. They face Oakland, Miami and New England before facing Buffalo in what could be a preview of the AFC Championship.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: (2-1) Last Week #18: We’ll see over the next three games (Green Bay, at Denver and Carolina) what the team is made of.
13. Carolina Panthers (2-1) Last Week #8: The Cats were manhandled in Minnesota last week. The Panthers can get back on a roll in the next couple of weeks with games against Atlanta and Kansas City.
14. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) Last Week #17: Many similarities between the Jags and the Colts, but it ends with the running game. Expect more smash mouth ball from Jacksonville as they look to pound teams into submission.
15. Indianapolis Colts (1-2) Last Week #10: I don’t like the direction the Colts are going in. There’s no way their defense should be held sackless facing an O-line as battered as Jacksonville’s.
16. San Francisco 49′ers (2-1) Last Week #21: The Niners are headed in the right direction, J.T. O’Sullivan is a keeper and Frank Gore is back. Their 10th ranked defense will be tested against the Saints Sunday in the Bayou.
17. New England Patriots (2-1) Last Week #4: How about those once snobbish Pats fans mass exodus towards the exits with 12 minutes left to play? The Celtics begin their pre-season in a few weeks.
18. Minnesota Vikings (1-2) Last Week #23: The defense and Adrian Peterson will carry this team, no matter who the signal caller is.
19. Arizona Cardinals (2-1) Last Week #14: Missed out on a golden opportunity last week to jump into the top 10. Redemption may be a ways off as the Giants, Cowboys and Bills await.
20. Atlanta Falcons (2-1) Last Week #22: The Falcons continue to impress. Michael Turner is a backup turned stud.
21. Chicago Bears (1-2) Last Week #12: The Bears blew a 4th quarter lead before losing in overtime at home. It gets rougher as the blitz-happy Eagles come in on Sunday night. Damn, Matt Forte is good.
22. New Orleans Saints (1-2) Last Week #16: The defense has been shredded the past two weeks just when Reggie Bush and the offense have been playing well despite injuries
23. Seattle Seahawks (1-2) Last Week #26: No team is looking forward to their bye week more. The downside to that is that the Giants, Packers and Bucs lay in wait.
24. Miami Dolphins (1-2) Last Week #29: Fresh off of their shocker over the Patriots, the ‘Phins have a bye this week. Coming back they face the Chargers, before facing winnable foes in the Texans and Ravens.
25. New York Jets (1-2) Last Week #19: The Jets are looking less and less like a playoff team each week.
26. Oakland Raiders (1-2) Last Week #27: The Raiders hung tough against a Bills team that took them lightly.
27. Cleveland Browns (0-3) Last Week #24: The Browns offense (8 ppg) needs a jolt, but it will take much more than starting Brady Quinn.
28. Houston Texans (0-3) Last Week #25: A team many picked to be a playoff contender can’t get out of the gate.
29. Detroit Lions (0-3) Last Week #31: The only victory this week was giving GM Matt Millen his walking papers.
30. Kansas City Chiefs (0-3) Last Week #28: Can’t see Herm Edwards being fired before he steps down.
31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-3) Last Week #30: Can’t see Marvin Lewis stepping down before he gets fired.